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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 18


The Olympics have wrapped up, the Tour de France is over, the Phillies are in the basement with a shovel -- what in the world are we going to do to fulfill our need to vicariously experience competition, determination, and triumph? Maybe Bravo will come up with a reality show that pits farmers markets against one another in categories like variety of products, vendor personalities, and customer satisfaction. If they included quality of entertainment and abundance of children and dogs as part of the competition, Lansdowne would certainly have a shot at victory. (Speaking of entertainment, wasn't Boulevard Express terrific last week? The smitten crowd in the café seemed to think so. Now might be a good time to remind you to please leave a tip when you enjoy the music, since that's all they get; we don't pay them otherwise except for a few Market Bucks to encourage shopping.)

Even without trying, the LFM already is home to multiple victors in various Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly categories. We already told you that Green Aisle Grocery won best gourmet market in the city, and now we've learned that Lansdowne's own Harvest Local Foods was selected as the best grocery that delivers. We congratulate both businesses on the fine jobs they're doing. Both of these honors are for 2012, but previously Sycamore restaurant, parent of the Market's Lansdowne Table, won best new suburban restaurant, as well as best night out, for its dinner-and-a-movie combo with Cinema 16:9. With that many winners around, perhaps a podium is in order . . .


The Market welcomes back its 1/3 vendors this Saturday, which now includes Green Aisle Grocery (recall that we told you here last week that GAG has switched to a first and third Saturday schedule), as well as the usual suspects: Amazing Acres Goat Dairy and Doe Run Farm with cheese, John and Kira's Chocolates, the Lansdowne Community Youth Garden, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm with soap, and Provisions with walking-around food. Marnie will have jerk chicken with rice and beans as well as pulled pork sandwiches made from applewood-smoked pork shoulder, and she would like you to converse with her about something other than how you miss her food on the 2/4 Saturdays. (She's flattered but really, people, let it go.)

As warned in last week's newsletter, Bonnie's Wondergardens is off this Saturday, but she'll be back on the 25th before taking the following two weeks off.

Coming and Going

If you prefer your tomatoes organic, stock up this week. Chris at Turning Root says that the dry summer has made their tomatoes vulnerable to cracking when it rains, so their stock of "full-size" tomatoes may not last much longer. They'll have the little cherries for a while though. She expects to have copious amounts of a variety of peppers over the next few weeks (and we've noticed a few at the Market already), so here is a recipe for a charred pepper sauce that the writer claims will become your go-to condiment, it's so yummy. (This might be a good weekend to throw a steak on the grill, whip up a batch of pepper sauce, pop open a bottle of wine, and watch a sunset.)

John of Minicakes is promising to bring a cold soup this week, as well as have almond pots de crème in addition to his more commonly available chocolate variety.

We would be remiss if we did not share this Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Goat Cheese Croutons recipe from yesterday's New York Times, if only because it is has so dang many ingredients that you can find at the Farmers Market, from yellow tomatoes to goat cheese. (Please don't let not having a specialty ingredient like champagne vinegar on hand discourage you; just substitute a little less white wine vinegar or some white wine mixed with some regular vinegar. If the comments at Epicurious have taught us anything, it's that the lack of fancy ingredient should not stop you from at least trying a recipe.)

Finally, happy belated 100th birthday, Julia Child! How you'd have appreciated our little Market, despite its dearth of snails.

Special Event Update

Next Saturday, the 25th, is, as we keep saying, the season's second Community Day. As of this writing, there are a few spots let. Applications are due by the 18th (that's this Saturday), assuming there are still openings then. In any case, please get your application in if you want to do this.

And the last Saturday of September, which is the 29th, will be everyone's favorite special event, Dog Day. Whatever else we have in store for the pooches by then, rest assured that the Dog Parade is a go.

Home Biz Happy Hour Tonight

The Lansdowne Business and Professional Association's Home-Based Businesses Network is holding a happy hour event at 2312 Garrett in Drexel Hill tonight from 6 to 8 pm. If you're interested, email or call Julia (610-623-7329) or Bob (215-327-8499).

See a 'Zoo' in Hoffman Park Tomorrow

There won't be an actual zoo with live animals, but the Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Department will show the 2011 film We Bought a Zoo in Hoffman Park tomorrow night for its final Movie Night in the Park of the year. The film begins about 8:30 pm, but feel free to arrive early to enjoy a picnic among the spacious greenscape.

Free 'Young Yogis' Introduction Saturday

Children ages four through seven are invited to attend Become Yoga's free preview of its Young Yogis class at 9 am this Saturday. Regular Young Yogi classes begin September 15. Become Yoga is located above the Lansdowne Theater at 31 N. Lansdowne Avenue.

Salon Sunday: The Arts & Crafts Movement

The Lansdowne Arts Board temporarily moves its Salon Sundays series to the third Sunday of the month for August with this week's discussion of "The Arts & Crafts Movement in the Delaware Valley: 1895-1920." The forum will be hosted by Ryan Berley, co-owner and -operator of Philadelphia's The Franklin Fountain, member of various historical groups, and a resident of a 1911 Arts & Crafts home in Lansdowne that's furnished in the period style. The free discussion takes place at noon at Sycamore, 14 South Lansdowne Avenue. For more information call 610-633-3997.

Saloon Sunday: Animal Friends Fundraiser at 2312

Cool off with a drink and early dinner buffet while helping homeless animals this Sunday at Animal Friends of Lansdowne's Dog Days of Summer Silent Auction and Buffet, from 2 to 5 pm at 2312 Garrett. Buy tickets online for $20; admission is $25 at the door.

Actors and Singers Wanted

Attention actors and actresses -- Celebration Theater will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of Steel Magnolias on August 28 and 29 at Art Space Lansdowne. For more details about the production and a list of available roles, visit

Can you sing? A new opera company now forming in Lansdowne is looking for mezzo, tenor, baritone and bass singers. Preference will be given to mature opera singers with professional experience. For more information or to schedule an audition, please email Francesca.

Arts Festival Classes Announced

The Lansdowne Arts Festival is set for the weekend of September 8 and 9 at the Twentieth Century Club, and as usual the fest features a full schedule of live music, dozens of exhibiting artists, and classes and demonstrations for artists of all ages and abilities. While there's no admission charge and plenty of room for everyone at the fest, class sizes are limited and pre-registration is the only way to guarantee a spot. Sign up today!



Artist of the Week

Laura Piontowski of Name on Your Wall spells out words and dates using photographs of things that look like letters and numbers. (It might sound easy, but you try finding a Q in nature.) The resulting framings make thoughtful gifts to celebrate new babies, anniversaries, or just having found something cool at the Farmers Market (go ahead, you're worth it).

Musicians of the Week

Several weeks ago, the summer's blistering heat and humidity took a day off so the Market could be subjected to a good soaking via downpour. The musicians that week were one of the LFM's most popular -- Slim Jim and Big Guy -- and they forged ahead as best they could in the face of rotten circumstances. But Elvis really was not given his due that day, so we invited them back for another try at getting the café dancing.



Movie Night in the Park: We Bought a Zoo
Friday, August 17, movie at 8:30 pm; Free
Come early to picnic
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

Lansdowne Arts Board's Salon Sunday:
The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Delaware Valley
Sunday, August 19, Noon-2:00 pm; Free
Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Animal Friends of Lansdowne Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser at 2312 Garrett
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 - 5:00 pm; $20-$25
2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill

'Go With The Flow' Candlelight Yoga with Live Music
Become Yoga, 31 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Thursday, August 30, 7:30 pm; $20

Tenth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Pre-Show Reception: Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm; $25
Exhibits and Activities: September 8 and 9, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne-Aldan High School Class of '57's 55th Reunion
Friday, September 14, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; $40 per person
Saturday, September 15, noon - 3:00 pm; $40 per person
The Porch at the Lamb Tavern, 865 West Springfield Road, Springfield, PA
Contact Phyllis Blair Totaro at 610-543-0961

Bingo Night at First Presbyterian Church
Saturday, September 22, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; $10 at door
Lansdowne & Greenwood Avenues

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